Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $522,966,587 budget will be officially submitted to the City Council tonight (Monday). The spending plan that calls for a hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner will be referred to the Budget and Appropriations Committee co-chaired by Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella.
The nuts and bolts work on the budget is conducted at the committee level. The budget committee will spend the next two months reviewing the mayor’s proposal for the budget year beginning July 1. See full council agenda here. Last year the budget committee made some adjustments to the mayor’s spending proposal that lessened the tax impact. See here.
Interim Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz claims the mayor’s budget does not meet the state’s minimum budget requirement. The mayor says it does. CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:
On the budget, Interim Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz said she was deeply concerned and “just shocked” by Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed 2014-15 budget, which proposes to unilaterally move $8.2 million worth of services, previously paid for by the city, to the school board side of the ledger, while declaring that the city’s mandated Minimum Budget Requirement has been met.
“It’s incredibly outrageous,” Rabinowitz said. “It’s like a game of checkers.”
Full story here.